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Dark Episodes of American History

Throughout the 250 years of the American Republic students of history have encountered some dark and confronting episodes. Most of the dark episodes were justified by powerbrokers in the context of their times but they remain controversial and questions are still asked about how and why these events occurred. The scars of the failure of the American involvement in the Vietnam War are still evident today. Attempts by successive governments to desegregate schools and universities in... [More]
$142 Limited inc GST / $128
Dark Episodes of American History

<p>Throughout the 250 years of the American Republic students of history have encountered some dark and confronting episodes. Most of the dark episodes were justified by powerbrokers in the context of

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The Enigmatic Celts

Most of us associate the Celts with the countries of Ireland and Scotland. However, there was a time when the Celts ranged across Europe and into Turkey. The Galatians of the New Testament were Celts. The original ‘homeland’ of Celtic culture was central Europe – modern day Austria and Switzerland. From here, Celtic culture spread to the east and west, becoming the dominant culture in Europe for a thousand years. In this course we will examine the roots of Celtic civilisation and... [More]
$228 Limited inc GST / $205
The Enigmatic Celts

<p>Most of us associate the Celts with the countries of Ireland and Scotland. However, there was a time when the Celts ranged across Europe and into Turkey. The Galatians of the New Testament were

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The White Man's Burden

Focussing on the Belgian Congo, we examine the European Scramble for Africa and the attitudes that drove it or challenged it. We will compare this to forces at work in the attempted “Reconstruction” in the USA. British Imperial actions, particularly in the late 19th Century, were justified by concepts like “the White Man's Burden”. We will consider Rudyard Kipling’s support of Imperialism and the challenges of writers like Joseph Conrad and Conan Doyle and consider another form of... [More]
$189 Limited inc GST / $170
The White Man's Burden

<p>Focussing on the Belgian Congo, we examine the European Scramble for Africa and the attitudes that drove it or challenged it. We will compare this to forces at work in the attempted “Reconstruction

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Our Atmospheric Environment: Air Pollution, Ozone and Climate Change

Air pollution, ozone depletion, and climate change are all consequences of the changing composition of our atmosphere, primarily as a result of human actions. In this course we will learn about the basic science which governs our atmosphere, its weather and climate, as well as the many complex interactions which can amplify climate change. The physics of radiation also underpins how satellites are used to provide invaluable data for both weather forecasting and climate studies.... [More]
$219 Limited inc GST / $197
Our Atmospheric Environment: Air Pollution, Ozone and Climate Change

<p>Air pollution, ozone depletion, and climate change are all consequences of the changing composition of our atmosphere, primarily as a result of human actions. In this course we will learn about the

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Hands-On The Universe

In this hands-on introductory course we will consider some of the exciting concepts of modern astronomy such as the birth and death of stars, the search for life and the mysterious dark matter that permeates the Universe. With the help of a suitable torch and a star map that you will receive, in this practical course you will learn how to find your way around the winter night sky. What can you see in the night sky apart from the Moon and planets and how do you find them? How can... [More]
$189 Limited inc GST / $170
Hands-On The Universe

<p>In this hands-on introductory course we will consider some of the exciting concepts of modern astronomy such as the birth and death of stars, the search for life and the mysterious dark matter that

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The Adventures of Captain Bligh

William Bligh is famous as captain of the Bounty, the ship he lost to mutineers led by Fletcher Christian. But few people know that Bligh was the centre of a later, much larger mutiny, when he lost not just a ship but the entire colony of NSW to a group of disgruntled settlers and soldiers. We look at Bligh’s seafaring journeys with James Cook, the remarkable story of survival after the mutiny on the Bounty and the later “Rum Rebellion”. As author Rob Mundle has titled his book –... [More]
$49 Limited inc GST
The Adventures of Captain Bligh

<p>William Bligh is famous as captain of the Bounty, the ship he lost to mutineers led by Fletcher Christian. But few people know that Bligh was the centre of a later, much larger mutiny, when he lost

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The Rum Rebellion

The only military coup in Australian history, named the “Rum Rebellion” by the Victorians, and known by contemporary loyalists as the Usurpation, resulted with a two year period of republicanism. Treason? And yet the perpetrators, starting with Macarthur and Johnston, lived to a rich, old age, while their victims, from the Governor down to his lowly Hawkesbury district defenders, rarely recovered what they had lost. This was a time of high drama and extreme personalities. Even... [More]
$72 Limited inc GST / $65
The Rum Rebellion

<p>The only military coup in Australian history, named the “Rum Rebellion” by the Victorians, and known by contemporary loyalists as the Usurpation, resulted with a two year period of republicanism.

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The Science of Climate Change

Deepen your understanding of the science of climate change: gain an understanding of the structure of the atmosphere so that you can consider the natural and enhanced greenhouse effect, global warming and the reasons for the observed increase in greenhouse gas concentrations. [More]
$18 Limited inc GST
The Science of Climate Change

Deepen your understanding of the science of climate change: gain an understanding of the structure of the atmosphere so that you can consider the natural and enhanced greenhouse effect, global warming

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James Cook and the Endeavour - 250 Years On

250 years ago, on 26 August 1768, Lieutenant James Cook sailed from Plymouth Harbour bound for Tahiti on HMB Endeavour, to observe the Transit of Venus. The Royal Society predicted this would take place on 3 June 1769, would not occur again for more than 100 years, and they needed an observation in the Southern Hemisphere. Cook’s instructions were to then explore the coast of New Zealand, reached 125 years earlier by Abel Tasman and after that he could decide on the best route to... [More]
$49 Limited inc GST
James Cook and the Endeavour - 250 Years On

250 years ago, on 26 August 1768, Lieutenant James Cook sailed from Plymouth Harbour bound for Tahiti on HMB Endeavour, to observe the Transit of Venus. The Royal Society predicted this would take

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